Tasty foods abounded at the Cocktails and Clams fundraiser in East Norwalk for Harbor Watch. / Photos by Thane Grauel
Tasty foods abound at the Cocktails and Clams fundraiser in East Norwalk for Harbor Watch. / Photos by Thane Grauel

NORWALK — Mother Nature was kind Saturday to Harbor Watch and its fundraiser, Cocktails and Clams.

The late afternoon had sunshine, was mostly free of smoky Canadian air, and offered a fair wind from Norwalk Harbor to greet attendees of the annual get-together, which this year will help fund a new research vessel for the nonprofit water-quality watchdog group.

Nikki Spiller addresses the crowd, and thanks the Bloom family for their support.
Nikki Spiller addresses the crowd, and thanks the Bloom family for their support.

“It’s a gorgeous day and it looks like everyone is having a grand old time,” Nikki Spiller, Harbor Watch’s director said just before addressing the crowd and thanking the Bloom family and Copps Island Oysters for their longtime support and hosting the event in East Norwalk, where much of Bloom’s fleet of oyster boats is berthed.

Spiller said some fundraising is still needed to fund the new, custom-made research boat. It will replace the Annie, a 26-foot scow the group used for its environmental monitoring about 30 years (after her former duty as an oyster boat).

Harbor Watch's aged vessel Annie. / Photos by Thane Grauel
Harbor Watch’s aged vessel Annie.

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